Adderley, Cannonball [Julian Edwin]
- Barry Kernfeld
(b Tampa, FL, Sept 15, 1928; d Gary, IN, Aug 8, 1975). American jazz alto saxophonist and bandleader. He directed a high-school band in Fort Lauderdale and, after serving in army bands (1950–53), resumed teaching until 1955. He then moved to New York, intending to play with his brother, the cornettist Nat Adderley. Instead, a chance jam session led to his joining Oscar Pettiford’s band and signing a recording contract.
The Adderley brothers formed a quintet in 1956, but Adderley replaced Sonny Rollins in the Miles Davis Quintet in October 1957 although he continued to issue recordings as a leader, notably Somethin’ Else (1958, BN). Among his recordings with Davis were Milestones (1958, Col.) and Kind of Blue (1959, Col.). He stayed in Davis’s famous sextets, along with John Coltrane, until September 1959, when he formed a second quintet with his brother. This group, which played soul jazz and bop, remained intact until ...